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Book Review: Playing By Her Rules

playingbyherrulesbookcoverIt’s a story that definitely warms your heart as you read, a melange of all things Nigerian and Abuja. From diehard football fans to high-end Abuja real estate, Playing By Her Rules is one romance novel you quickly become a character in.

The society is not so subtle anymore in reminding Tariela ‘Tari’ Ekiye, a 29 year old successful interior decorator living in Abuja, that she is due for marriage, she hears the suggestions and sees the advances of those men who do not yet find her intimidating, problem is she is not going to settle for less than she deserves. Her principles, created out of a commitment to God, seem to work against her when she meets, in real life, her football hero and long-time celebrity crush, Caetano ‘Kay’ Oyeniran. Kay, born of a Yoruba father and a Brazilian mother, comes back to Nigeria after an injury to recuperate and is not quite ready for events that follow after Tari literally crashes into him. But on a night that fate brings these two together, a third person is bound to show up. A complex love equation soon develops between Tari, her new boyfriend Dr. Hafis, and Kay who always gets her emotionally befuddled. Sorting through her emotions promises not to be easy as the journey to finding love, reaffirming principles and having ‘him’ Playing by her rules takes you through this 302 page turner. It’s a beautiful romantic novel with surprising twists and turns, the kind you want to stow away and enjoy, sort of like a steaming cup of creamy cocoa on a rainy Saturday morning or beans and dodo just the way you like it.

Getting a copy in Abuja may take you to Wuse II and through the winding crescent leading up to Salamander Cafe, but don’t you worry, your efforts will be fully rewarded when you set down to read it.

Published by Author House, Playing By Her Rules is Sifa Asani Gowon’s first novel. A romantic, who has shown in this work that she is not afraid to take the high road, Sifa has published short stories online in the Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Sentinel Online and several blogs, including hers: Sifaspeaks, and was a 2013 participant in the prestigious Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Binyavanga Wainaina, Eghosa Imasuen and Aslak Syra Myra.

When you read Playing By Her Rules, you can’t but want to see what Sifa is going to write for her second novel.

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  1. Yemie

     /  January 18, 2014

    Hmm, sounds very interesting. A melange – a- trois I see. Ok, I’m done with salivating. Can you start distribution for peeps in Lagos already! Or do you want us to beg? Ok, pretty pleeeeease.*rolling eyes*

    • Yemie

       /  January 19, 2014


    • Well, if you love ebooks, and can’t wait, run to amazon now and grab your copy.
      I love ebooks and got mine a long time ago, and I can say, you will love it

      • Yemie

         /  January 19, 2014

        I actually have a thing for paperbacks, the idea of my own personal mini- library appeals a lot to me and I guess it so much easier to access.

      • Hmm…i have both paper library and e-library. I love having everything I need in one, and in my pocket i.e my phone. I’m a technology kid…

      • I’m right there in your camp, Yemi. Paperbacks rule joor.

      • Yemie

         /  January 19, 2014

        Hmmm……..gbogbo biggz boiz! I want to be like you when I grow up o. LMAO!

      • Now you are making fun of me…*sad

      • Yemie

         /  January 19, 2014

        Now y would I do something so horrid? Its sooo not in my nature. You be gbogbo biggz boi na! Better start claiming it now o and stop with the sulking. LOL!

      • Lol. I claim it!

  2. Hahahaa! I am working on getting the book in a store or two and will let you know. I am hoping it doesnt go beyond next week. Thanks!

  3. Uju

     /  January 19, 2014

    Anyway I can order online please?

  4. Yep. You can get it on Amazon.com or on authorhouse.com

  5. Brilliant review…
    But I feel for Dr Hafis sha, he really did not stand a chance. If only, they had met earlier…

    • LOL. Exactly. I felt for him too. Nice guys finishing last and all that.

      • I have always said it sucks to be a nice guy jare…the bad guys have it all

      • Yemie

         /  January 19, 2014

        So it rocks to be a bad boy? Wellll, the spontaneity a bad boy portends makes a relationship ‘interesting’ and more fun than the predictability of a good boy, but I don’t suppose anyone wants a bad boy for a life partner. So Topazo, keep being the good guy that you are, it rocks more than you’ll ever know, trust me; I KNOW.*winks*

      • The good girls are attracted to the bad boys!

    • Yemie

       /  January 20, 2014

      True. Good girls are attracted to bad boys cause of a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ as the French would say, they have. But, a ‘right thinking’ good girl knows better not to choose a bad boy for a hubby unless of course, he’s a ‘bad boy gone good’. LMAO!

  6. Lol!!! I actually did like Doc Hafis a lot (hmmm….an idea? 😀 ) But life sometimes works that way, innit?

    In other news: topazo, would you be willing to do a short review on amazon for the book? I’d appreciate it….

    God bless!

  7. @sifulinka done!


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